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Tennis champion Naomi Osaka brings racial justice to her Grand Slam win

Naomi Osaka capped a transformative U.S. Open by winning her third Grand Slam title and challenging millions of people watching across the globe last Saturday to “start talking” about racial justice.

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Kanye West appeals judge’s ruling keeping his name off Virginia ballot

Rapper Kanye West is appealing a ruling by Richmond Circuit Court Judge Joi Jeter Taylor that would keep his name off the presidential ballots in Virginia.

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Civil rights groups to commemorate 57th anniversary of historic March on Washington

A series of events led by a coalition of civil rights groups such as the NAACP, the National Action Network and a coalition, including Martin Luther King III and the families of George Floyd, Eric Garner and Breonna Taylor, will commemorate the 57th anniversary of the historic March on Washington that was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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’Black Lives Matter’ mural to be painted along Grace Street in Downtown

A 200-foot “Black Lives Matter” mural will be painted Downtown near the State Capitol.

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Trump uses Black people to defend him at RNC

President Trump has aggressively asserted control over the Republican National Convention, a four-day event that started Monday and featured African-Americans defending the president’s history of racist rhetoric and actions. Former NFL star Herschel Walker, speaking on the opening night, defended President Trump, whom he called a “personal friend,” and said he isn’t a racist.

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Payback? Questions raised about charges against Sen. Lucas

State Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth, a key power broker and one of the highest ranking African-Americans in the General Assembly, has been charged with conspiracy to damage a Confederate monument during protests in Portsmouth that also led to a demonstrator being critically injured when the statue was knocked down.

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Dems pull out big guns to energize virtual convention for Biden

Democrats launched the third day of their virtual national convention on Wednesday, with headliners broadening the focus from a multipart rebuke of President Trump to an energizing message of change in boosting former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid.

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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, is first Black woman chosen as running mate by a major party’s presidential candidate

For the first time, a Black woman will be on a major party’s presidential ticket.

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Rep. John Lewis

A lion of the Civil Rights Movement and ‘conscience of Congress’ dies at 80

Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a lion of the Civil Rights Movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, died late Friday, July 17, 2020. He was 80.

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Faculty votes to drop Lee name from Washington & Lee University

Faculty at Washington and Lee University voted on Monday to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name from the school.

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